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christmas cake makers! when do you bake and what recipe do you use?

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Awoof Tue 02-Aug-16 11:25:29

I usually bake the first week of October ( the smells!), feed every couple of days, marzipan two weeks before and ice on the 23rd.
I use delias recipe from a scrap my dad cut out of the times 20 years ago ☺

Would love to hear everyone else's baking traditions!

HeyMacWey Tue 02-Aug-16 11:27:50

I use a recipe from BBC good food. It's a lighter cake with fruit soaked in tea and brandy.
Bake in half term. Then feed regularly grin

I usually bake my cake around the beginning of December - later if I am disorganised - and feed it two or three times before I marzipan it and ice it. I usually marzipan it one day, and ice the next - usually on the 23rd and 24th!

I use Delia's recipe too - from her Christmas cookbook.

chaplin1409 Tue 02-Aug-16 13:33:27

I will be watching this thread, I have never made my christmas cake my mum used to always make it but she died 6 years ago and we have had shop brought cakes since but I have decided this is the year I need to start making them.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 02-Aug-16 22:37:05

Ohhh the smell of a christmas Cake cooking .......fgrin

I do a version of the Delia cake -
but I use caster sugar not brown
orange and lemon fresh grated rind not candied peel
sultanas not raisins or currants
Amarretto not sherry/rum/whisky
No spices
Light nuts- almonds,Brazils,walnuts

The recipe I have is an old one and the cooking time is too much for my oven so I have to reduce it by an hour.
I soak the fruits in Amarretto for a week before in a sealed plastic tub.
Cook it early December and feed it with more Ammarretto then make my own marzipan and icing usually 22nd/23rd

I'm making a cake tomorrow, to take to my parents . Not as decadent as a full blown Christmas cake but it's all practice fgrin

ConstantlyCooking Tue 02-Aug-16 22:42:40

I make BBC Good Food's simmer and stir cake during the October half term and the feed with brandy until 3rd week of December when I marzipan and ice. I like to make my own marzipan but often end up buying anthon berg from the supermarket. As I love almonds I am considering using amaretto this year.

Paperblank Sat 06-Aug-16 13:11:35

Delia. Saint Delia. Always delicious.

I did once make a christmas cake which was drowned in Grand Marnier...twas also delicious.

IslaMann Sat 06-Aug-16 13:16:49

Mid Sept, Mary Berrys recipe from BBC Good Food. Feed with Brandy once a week, marzipan a week before Xmas, ice Xmas eve.

sooperdooper Sat 06-Aug-16 13:18:54

I usually aim for mid September and always use the Delia recipie that has the line in it something like, 'if it curdles don't worry, a cake with this many amazing ingredients can't fail to taste great'!!

squeezed Thu 01-Sep-16 18:21:34

Normally use a Delia recipe in early September. However this year dd has developed toddler's diarrhoea so she can't have much sugar and definitely not fruit cake. I'm going to have to make a sugar free sponge with no icing instead.

StubbleTurnips Thu 01-Sep-16 22:40:28

Usually on stir up Sunday, last year the national trust did tweet along thing - there's a couple of recipes there too:

doleritedinosaur Thu 01-Sep-16 22:44:18

October this year with Mary Berry's recipe but I use amaretto not brandy.

Made my own mazipan but not icing. Was really, really good.

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